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Photo of male northern bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite (Bobwhite Quail)

Colinus virginianus
With its distinctive, clear “bob-WHITE!” calls, the official state game bird is often heard before it’s seen, especially since its brown-and-white coloration helps it to disappear into its habitat.

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This brochure outlines the permits needed to release captive game birds.

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Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus
Restoration efforts are raising the numbers of this chickenlike bird in our state. Look for brown, rufous, and gray streaks, bars, and bands. A dark ruff on the neck appears on both sexes but is used by the male in courtship displays.

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Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log

Ruffed Grouse

The ruffed grouse is a chickenlike bird with brown, rufous, and gray color morphs. Adults are streaked above and barred below. The tail has a dark bar near the tip, but females lack the dark band on central tail feathers. Both sexes have a dark ruff on the neck. There is also a crest atop the head, though it sometimes lies flat.

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Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a rock ledge

Ruffed Grouse

Habitat loss is a primary reason grouse numbers have declined. They require different specific habitats during different parts of their seasonal cycle. MDC is working to assist landowners to provide the habitat grouse need for food, cover, breeding, drumming, nesting, and overwintering.

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Photo of male ruffed grouse performing booming display

Ruffed Grouse Booming

Both sexes of ruffed grouse have a dark ruff on the neck; the male uses the ruff in spring to display to females. In April, males perform distinctive courtship displays at dawn and dusk, usually standing on a fallen log and making rapid forward wingbeats, creating a low, pumping noise, with accelerating speed.

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Photo of female ruffed grouse on nest

Ruffed Grouse On Nest

Female ruffed grouse are ground-nesters, usually laying about 6–8 eggs. Habitat improvements implemented to boost grouse populations are good for numerous other species of plants and animals as well.

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Photo of male wild turkey walking in mowed grass

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo
The large size, iridescent bronze plumage (which can look merely dark at a distance), and naked blue and red head distinguish this ground-dwelling bird from others in our state.

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Photo of two male wild turkeys displaying

Wild Turkey (Displaying Males)

In spring, male turkeys (“toms”) begin gobbling to announce themselves to males and to attract females. Males perform elaborate strutting displays for females, spreading their tails like a peacock and puffing out their feathers.

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Photo of female wild turkey walking in winter woods

Wild Turkey Female

In the 1950s, wild turkey populations in the state were at an all-time low of fewer than 2,500 birds in 31 counties; in 2004, hunters checked nearly 61,000 turkeys. Successful management focuses on proper seasonal combinations of food, cover, and water.

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